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Admissions Process

St. Josaphat School applications for 2021-2022 academic year will be available online November 1, 2020. The main entrance point is Pre-K3 (student must be three by September 1st), however all applicants are welcome at any grade level. Applications for new students will be reviewed and accepted on a first-come basis until all classrooms are full. Applicants may be added to the waiting list as appropriate.

Key Dates
November 1st             Applications available on website 
January 15th               Deadline for Applications
Early February 2021   Families will be notified of acceptance


An application will not be considered complete until the Admissions office receives the following by January 15, 2021
  • An application for admission
  • A $150.00 non-refundable application fee 
  • A copy of the child’s birth certificate
  • A copy of the child’s baptismal certificate (if applicable)
  • The first round of applications are accepted from November 1st – January 15th . We will not accept applications before November 1st.  Note: Your application will NOT be accepted if all parts are not completed in its entirety.  All supporting documents must accompany the application.  All forms must be signed and dated.
  • Acceptance letters will be sent to prospective families in early February.   The new family acceptance fee of $1000 is due in order to secure your spot.  Half of the new family acceptance fee ($500) will be returned on request upon graduation from St. Josaphat School.  We will begin making offers to our wait list families by mid-February.


Admissions Policy

St. Josaphat School administration considers a number of factors in making acceptance decisions.  These include parishioner status, available space, appropriate fit, admission age, diversity and long-term commitment to St. Josaphat School.

Serving Our Parish Families

St. Josaphat School is an important mission of St. Josaphat Parish and is here to serve our parish families. For purposes of this admissions policy, an active parish family is defined as being registered with St. Josaphat for one year or longer and contributing time, talent, and treasure.

Admission Age

We follow the Illinois State Laws regarding age of students entering preschool and kindergarten.  Children must be of the following age on or before September 1:

            PreK-3 – 3 years

            PreK-4 – 4 years

            Kindergarten – 5 years

Admissions Criteria

In order to maintain an acceptable class size in each grade, it is sometimes necessary to limit enrollment. When this is the case, the following priority is applied in accepting students:

  1. Returning students
  2. Siblings of currently enrolled and returning students
  3. Children of active St. Josaphat parish families as defined in our Admissions Policy
  4. Children of active parishioners of parishes without schools, including transfer students from other Catholic schools that are closing or merging
  5. Children of St. Josaphat parishioners who do not qualify as active parishioners
  6. Catholic children of non-parishioners
  7. Non-Catholic children